​Meet the CEHCUP Staff!


Mugur V. Geana, Director of CEHCUP

Mr. Geana, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of strategic communication at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications and holds a secondary faculty appointment as an Associate Professor with the Research Division, Department of Family Medicine, KUMC. Dr. Geana’s interest in applied research and strategic communication campaigns allowed him to contribute to projects for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Transportation, as well as to other grants and projects totaling more than $5 million over the last five years. In 2007, he established the Experimental Research Media Laboratory at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, a major research resource for the graduate program. He is the Principal Investigator for multidisciplinary research collaboration between KU and the University of Costa Rica addressing public health interventions to underserved communities in Central America, as well as for a grant from the Washington University in St. Louis focused on finding optimized ways of delivering updated health information about diabetes to American Indians. Dr. Geana teaches strategic communication campaigns at undergraduate level and research theory and methods at graduate level. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2011 Baskett-Mosse award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Dr. Geana’s research has been published in the Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Community Health, Health Informatics Journal, Technology and Healthcare Journal, Journal of Management and Marketing in Healthcare, and has been presented at numerous national and international conferences and scientific meetings.

Contact Dr. Geana at or geanam@ku.edu or (785) 864-4343






Monique Robinson, Graduate Assistant

​Monique is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Her research interests include health communication, the media effects and the representations of underserved populations, and use of media for community outreach. Ms. Robinson comes to the University of Kansas after receiving her M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of South Dakota. Prior to her M.A. program, she attended the University of Maryland at College Park where she received a B.A. in Communication Studies, a Certificate in African-American Studies, and a minor in Spanish Language & Cultures.

Contact Monique at Monique.Robinson@ku.edu


Rebekka Schlichting, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Rebekka is a senior at the University of Kansas majoring in Journalism, with a minor in English. As a member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, she is very active in her culture and community. Rebekka is a member First Nation Student Association at KU, a mentor for incoming freshman, a social media intern at HERLIFE Magazine, and an intern at Kansas Public Radio. Rebekka's work supports daily activities of the center as well as our research projects with American Indians from the Central Plains.

Contact Rebekka at r000s357@ku.edu

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